NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to decide on IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram’s plea against her suspension ordered by the Tamil Nadu Government for joining the CBI without being relieved by the State.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, asked the department to look into the plea of the IPS officer after senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Archana Ramsundaram, said that Centre had the authority to revoke the suspension order issued by the state government.
However, the bench did not go into her plea seeking clarification on the May 9 order that had restrained her from discharging duty as Additional Director in CBI and asking the IPS officer to first get the suspension order repealed and then it would consider her plea.
The officer was allowed to withdraw the application in which she stated that the stay order was coming in the way of her promotion to the rank of DGP. She had sought clarification that the Centre can consider her empanelment for the rank of DGP in para-military forces like BSF. On this, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the bench that the officer had joined the CBI pursuant to the Centre’s direction and there was no relieving order from the state government.
The state government submitted that she joined CBI on May 8 and on the same day she was placed under suspension and cannot be promoted till that order was revoked or stayed.
Taking note of the submission, the bench observed, “rightly or wrongly you are under suspension. Can we ask the Centre to appoint you for higher post when disciplinary proceeding is pending?”
The bench also said that she could approach the Central Administrative Tribunal for relief.